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Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm (Credit: Faye Murman)

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm Sandy are in political gridlock, is closed for the season and its re-opening date is still unknown. (March 18, 2013)

Rye Playland

Rye Playland has been providing thrills to many in the Hudson Valley since 1928. As Westchester decides what will happen with the only county owned amusement park in the country, Newsday Westchester offers a look at Playland through the years.

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm
(Credit: Faye Murman)

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm Sandy are in political gridlock, is closed for the season and its re-opening date is still unknown. (March 18, 2013)

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm
(Credit: Faye Murman)

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm Sandy are in political gridlock, is closed for the season and its re-opening date is still unknown. (March 18, 2013)

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm
(Credit: Faye Murman)

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm Sandy are in political gridlock, is closed for the season and its re-opening date is still unknown. (March 18, 2013)

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Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm
(Credit: Faye Murman)

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm Sandy are in political gridlock, is closed for the season and its re-opening date is still unknown. (March 18, 2013)

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm
(Credit: Faye Murman)

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm Sandy are in political gridlock, is closed for the season and its re-opening date is still unknown. (March 18, 2013)

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm
(Credit: Faye Murman)

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm Sandy are in political gridlock, is closed for the season and its re-opening date is still unknown. (March 18, 2013)

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm
(Credit: Faye Murman)

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm Sandy are in political gridlock, is closed for the season and its re-opening date is still unknown. (March 18, 2013)

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm
(Credit: Faye Murman)

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm Sandy are in political gridlock, is closed for the season and its re-opening date is still unknown. (March 18, 2013)

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Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm
(Credit: Faye Murman)

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm Sandy are in political gridlock, is closed for the season and its re-opening date is still unknown. (March 18, 2013)

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm
(Credit: Faye Murman)

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm Sandy are in political gridlock, is closed for the season and its re-opening date is still unknown. (March 18, 2013)

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm
(Credit: Faye Murman)

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm Sandy are in political gridlock, is closed for the season and its re-opening date is still unknown. (March 18, 2013)

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm
(Credit: Faye Murman)

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm Sandy are in political gridlock, is closed for the season and its re-opening date is still unknown. (March 18, 2013)

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm
(Credit: Faye Murman)

Rye Playland, whose funding for renovations after superstorm Sandy are in political gridlock, is closed for the season and its re-opening date is still unknown. (March 18, 2013)

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The historic carousel horses, estimated at $125,000 per
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

The historic carousel horses, estimated at $125,000 per horse by Westchester County Parks Commissioner Kathleen O'Connor, were spared when superstorm Sandy hit Playland in Rye. (Jan. 30, 2013)

Worker Jimmy Cody of Trumbull, Conn., repairs a
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Worker Jimmy Cody of Trumbull, Conn., repairs a fence in the Kiddieland rides section of Playland in Rye. Cody has worked at Playland for about 14 years. (Jan. 30, 2013)

Westchester County Park Commissioner Kathleen O'Connor, left, and
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Westchester County Park Commissioner Kathleen O'Connor, left, and Legis. Virginia Perez walk down to the long-closed bathhouse tunnel under the Playland boardwalk in Rye. Sustainable Playland, a group whose proposal to reinvent the amusement park was endorsed by County Executive Rob Astorino, wants to reopen the tunnel. (Jan. 30, 2013)

Westchester Parks Commissioner Kathleen O'Connor and County Executive
(Credit: John Dyer)

Westchester Parks Commissioner Kathleen O'Connor and County Executive Rob Astorino look at the damage at Rye Playland after superstorm Sandy roared through Westchester County. (Oct. 30, 2012)

Legis. Bill Ryan looks at a section of
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Legis. Bill Ryan looks at a section of the Playland boardwalk in Rye that was seriously damaged during superstorm Sandy. (Jan. 30, 2013)

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Legislators Bill Ryan and Virginia Perez look at
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Legislators Bill Ryan and Virginia Perez look at a portion of the Playland boardwalk in Rye outside the Pier restaurant that was seriously damaged during superstorm Sandy. (Jan. 30, 2013)

Legislators Bill Ryan and Virginia Perez look at
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Legislators Bill Ryan and Virginia Perez look at portions of a steel fence near the Pier restaurant in Rye Playland that were damaged by powerful waves during superstorm Sandy. (Jan. 30, 2013)

Westchester County park officials and legislators walk past
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Westchester County park officials and legislators walk past a severely damaged boardwalk in the Kiddieland section of Playland in Rye. (Jan. 30, 2013)

Westchester County legislators and park officials tour Rye
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Westchester County legislators and park officials tour Rye Playland checking out needed repairs and proposed changes to the park. The Playland Plunge is one ride slated for sale and removal according to a proposal from the redevelopment group Sustainable Playland. (Jan. 30, 2013)

Westchester County park officials and legislators walk past
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Westchester County park officials and legislators walk past a severely damaged boardwalk in the Kiddieland section of Playland in Rye. (Jan. 30, 2013)

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The Rye Playland Boardwalk and Rye Beach have
(Credit: Faye Murman)

The Rye Playland Boardwalk and Rye Beach have been closed since Hurricane Sandy hit on Oct. 29. (Dec. 18, 2012)

Workers contracted by Con Edison from across the
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Workers contracted by Con Edison from across the country operate out of Rye Playland, where they have been deployed to repair utilities and restore service after Hurricane Sandy slammed the region. (Nov. 8, 2012)

Rye Playland, now closed to the public, sustained
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Rye Playland, now closed to the public, sustained damage during Hurricane Sandy and is now being used as headquarters for workers contracted by Con Edison to repair utilities and restore power across the region. (Nov. 8, 2012)

Workers contracted by Con Edison from across the
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Workers contracted by Con Edison from across the country operate out of Rye Playland, where they are deployed to repair utilities after Hurricane Sandy slammed the region. (Nov. 8, 2012)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sen. Charles
(Credit: Thomas Zambito)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sen. Charles Schumer tour Rye Playland with other officials surveying th damage caused by Sandy. (Nov. 2, 2012)

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The amusement park at Rye's Playland is closed
(Credit: Xavier Mascareñas)

The amusement park at Rye's Playland is closed for the season, as seen here, but some events take place throughout the year at the Westchester County-owned park. (Oct. 10, 2012)

Park of the Rye Playland boardwalk breaks away
(Credit: John Dyer)

Park of the Rye Playland boardwalk breaks away into the sound as public officials tour the area of Rye Playland damaged by Sandy in Rye. (Oct. 30, 2012)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, left, and Sustainable
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, left, and Sustainable Playland Inc. president Druv Narain, second from left, smile after they signed a letter of intent on a $34 million plan to redevelop Playland at a press conference in Rye. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Helium balloons are released after Westchester County Executive
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Helium balloons are released after Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, bottom left, and Sustainable Playland Inc. president Druv Narain, second from left, signed a letter of intent on a $34 million plan to redevelop Playland at a press conference in Rye. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland Inc. president Druv Narain sign a letter of intent on a $34 million plan to redevelop Playland at a press conference in Rye. (Oct. 11, 2012)

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Dhruv Narain, the president of Sustainable Playland Inc.,
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Dhruv Narain, the president of Sustainable Playland Inc., and County Executive Rob Astorino discuss a $34 million plan to redevelop Playland at a press conference in the Playland Ice Casino in Rye. (Oct. 11, 2012)

The marching band from Archbishop Stepinac High School
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

The marching band from Archbishop Stepinac High School leads a procession of politicians, developers and investors to the amusement park area of Playland where Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland Inc. president Druv Narain signed a letter of intent on a $34 million plan to redevelop Playland at a press conference in Rye. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland Inc. president Druv Narain prepare to sign a letter of intent on a $34 million plan to redevelop Playland at a press conference in Rye. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland Inc. president Druv Narain prepare to sign a letter of intent on a $34 million plan to redevelop Playland at a press conference in Rye. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland Inc. president Druv Narain sign a letter of intent on a $34 million plan to redevelop Playland at a press conference in Rye. (Oct. 11, 2012)

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The marching band from Archbishop Stepinac High School
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

The marching band from Archbishop Stepinac High School plays for politicians, developers and investors in the amusement park area of Playland where Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland Inc. president Druv Narain signed a letter of intent on a $34 million plan to redevelop Playland at a press conference in Rye. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, left, and Sustainable
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, left, and Sustainable Playland Inc. president Druv Narain, second from left, smile after they signed a letter of intent on a $34 million plan to redevelop Playland at a press conference in Rye. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Helium balloons are released after Westchester County Executive
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Helium balloons are released after Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, bottom left, and Sustainable Playland Inc. president Druv Narain, second from left, signed a letter of intent on a $34 million plan to redevelop Playland at a press conference in Rye. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland Inc. president Druv Narain sign a letter of intent on a $34 million plan to redevelop Playland at a press conference in Rye. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Dhruv Narain, the president of Sustainable Playland Inc.,
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Dhruv Narain, the president of Sustainable Playland Inc., and County Executive Rob Astorino discuss a $34 million plan to redevelop Playland at a press conference in the Playland Ice Casino in Rye. (Oct. 11, 2012)

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The marching band from Archbishop Stepinac High School
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

The marching band from Archbishop Stepinac High School leads a procession of politicians, developers and investors to the amusement park area of Playland where Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland Inc. president Druv Narain signed a letter of intent on a $34 million plan to redevelop Playland at a press conference in Rye. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland Inc. president Druv Narain prepare to sign a letter of intent on a $34 million plan to redevelop Playland at a press conference in Rye. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland Inc. president Druv Narain prepare to sign a letter of intent on a $34 million plan to redevelop Playland at a press conference in Rye. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland Inc. president Druv Narain sign a letter of intent on a $34 million plan to redevelop Playland at a press conference in Rye. (Oct. 11, 2012)

The marching band from Archbishop Stepinac High School
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

The marching band from Archbishop Stepinac High School plays for politicians, developers and investors in the amusement park area of Playland where Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Sustainable Playland Inc. president Druv Narain signed a letter of intent on a $34 million plan to redevelop Playland at a press conference in Rye. (Oct. 11, 2012)

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The amusement park at Rye's Playland is closed
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

The amusement park at Rye's Playland is closed for the season, as seen here from the boardwalk, but some events take place throughout the year at the Westchester County-owned park. (Oct. 10, 2012)

Sophie Richardson of England, 20, and her father
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Sophie Richardson of England, 20, and her father Mark Richardson of Harrison walk around the perimeter of the amusement park at Rye's Playland. The two visited the park, which is now closed for the season, when Sophie was younger. (Oct. 10, 2012)

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